News In The Mail: The Press, Post Office, And Public Information, 1700-1860s by Richard Burket Kielbowicz

News In The Mail: The Press, Post Office, And Public Information, 1700-1860s

byRichard Burket Kielbowicz

Hardcover | December 1, 1989

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Until telegraph lines spanned the continent in the 1860s, the post office and the press worked together as the most important mechanism for distributing news and public information. Public policy linked these complementary communication agencies; the post office provided free and low-cost news-gathering services for the press as well as subsidized delivery of publications to readers. News in the Mail charts the relationship between the press and post office from colonial times through the Civil War. The book explains why the federal government underwrote the circulation of printed matter and how the postal policies governing public information reflected the cultural tensions of the early and mid-nineteenth century. News in the Mail not only looks at the government's role in disseminating news and promoting communication, but also examines the structure and implications of the early U.S. communication system. This book is a valuable source for those interested in journalism, communications history, the history of federal policies and operations, postal history, and nineteenth-century American social history.

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Title:News In The Mail: The Press, Post Office, And Public Information, 1700-1860sFormat:HardcoverDimensions:221 pages, 5.98 × 9.01 × 0.62 inPublished:December 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313266387

ISBN - 13:9780313266386

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?Quick, name some things frequently attributed to the Post Office. How about rapidly escalating letter rates and inconsistent service? But did you know that in the 1700s and 1800s, the Post Office had a major impact on magazine formats, content, publiction dates and circulation patterns as well? Those are just some of the interesting findings in Richard B. Kielbowicz's well-researched book about the Post Office's historical role in disseminating news and promoting national communication. His study is relevant both to newspaper historian and to journalists because it demostrates throughout that some of today's problems in the mass communication field are not new al all... ...what is covered in this book is well done. The Post Office and its impact on the press would seem to be the most mundane of subjects, but Kielbowicz brings to life and shows its importance. His book is definitely worth reading.??Newspaper Research Journal